Smoove on All-Star “snub”: I’m not mad

The All-Star reserves were announced Thursday night, and that means its’ time for the predictable “snub” stories. Smoove has been included on a few of those lists after coaches voted J.J. and Al to the East squad but not him.

Smoove, though, insists he is not miffed because he doesn’t really think he got snubbed.

“The people around me, my family and friends, are more mad about it than me,” he said.

It was doubtful Smoove would be selected ahead of East forwards Chris Bosh of Toronto and Paul Pierce of Boston. They’ve been considered elite for a while now. Pierce plays for a contender and while the Raptors trail the Hawks in the standings Bosh is the main reason the Raptors are on track for the playoffs.

Smoove, though, could have been picked over Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace. But he says he doesn’t begrudge coaches for sending Wallace to his first All-Star game instead of him.

“He’s worked hard over the last nine years and it’s paid off,” Smith said. “He definitely deserved it, and that’s what I told him that when he was here (to play the Hawks last Friday).”

Smoove also dismissed the idea that his early reputation as being unreceptive to coaching had anything to do with not getting enough votes.

“I don’t think it’s about that,” he said. “I think it’s about how a player plays and the kind of problems he gives (coaches) when they go against him.”

Smoove went out of his way to say he’s not focused on worrying about being left off the All-Star team, but on being happy for Al and J.J.

“Those guys are my brothers,” he said.

Al said the difference for him this season is being tougher on defense and developing an improved jumpshot–he’s making 50 percent of his shots outside the paint, according to 82games.com. He credits Hawks shooting consultant Mark Price for the latter.

“I feel much more confident as a shooter,” he said.

J.J. said his focus last summer was on building strength so he could better withstand the season’s grind.

“Around this time of year you tend to have a letdown,” he said. “I’m trying to push through it.”

As for his fourth straight All-Star appearance, he said: “It never get old. t’s definitely an honor and a privilege.”

MC

33 comments Add your comment

Melvin

January 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

It would’ve been nice if Smoove had been named an All-Star but it is, what it is. I believe him when he says he’s not going to let it bother him. I’m sure he has consider not being name to the team prior to the official announcement on yesterday. Hopefully he will get the last laugh when he hold the Championship trophy up in June…

allan in texas

January 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

Peace up, A town down!!!!!!!!!!

Show me state

January 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

J Smoove……ur always our Hawks all star…..keep up da dirty work….and continue to prove da doubters wrong….Go Hawks 4 life…..

MannyT

January 29th, 2010
2:29 pm

I hope Josh uses this to fuel his drive to play better in the latter part of the season.

Jordan would have had a field day using this sort of thing to get better and get revenge against opponents.

ISOWE

True Hawks Fan

January 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

Prove them wrong Josh. Make them look stupid for not selecting you.

Mike is Back

January 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

MC, U THA MAN DAWG…I love the rapid response… SMOOVE is my home boy…I have stood by him through the good times and bad. I’m really impressed with his improved play in the post and his attitude this season…his potential is limitless…it is nice to hear the players take on things…it gives our discussion a different perspective….you are soaring with eagles my man or should I say Hawks. lol

GREAT STUFF MC…GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N-Trigue

January 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

Josh shouldve made it over Horford but I do think Horford deserved to just not as much as Josh! You take Josh Smith away from the team and we dont have half the victorys are record shows trust me. He brings so many intangibles to the game that are not captured on the scoresheet as well as many that are! Point blank Josh was robbed and the only thing he can do now is show the coaches they made a big mistake and lead us to the championship!!!!!!!

Boneyard Randy

January 29th, 2010
2:46 pm

J-Smoove has at least 12 more seasons to be at the top of his game… he’ll be there. Smoove is a mature 23 year old. It’s been fun watching him for the past 5 years…looking forward to at least 12 more with the Hawks! So glad we resigned him.

jerrywest

January 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

MC – You are the best.

Ree Roe

January 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Mature response by Josh. Congrats to Al & Joe!

-REEcently Roe!!!

hawks_4_life

January 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

C’MON TEAM

TWO IN A ROW AND WE ARE SECOND IN THE EAST!!!!!!

BONE

January 29th, 2010
3:40 pm

Josh use it as motivation.

Michael Cunningham is a beast when is comes to blogging.

“Got juice Berry Fine”

SWAT Native

January 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Keep ya head up, Smoove!

Meanwhile, I hope that same old, broken down team that blew that game in Orlando shows up tonight in Philips.

TheAntiMe

January 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

That’s alright. Josh is going to be an all-star in the playoffs. That’s when it count’s the most.

Let your haters....

January 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

BE YO MOTIVATORS…..

OLD SCHOOL HAWKS FAN

January 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

would love to see him motivated and make the all nba team this year that will show them , but the Hawks lose by 20 tonight the fans have their hopes up to high the tnt crew had it right last night when it said its a three team race in the east and the hawks are not one of the teams.

JoBjo

January 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

I hope it does bother you, Josh. I hope it eats at you till you go out and take it out on all the coaches that didn’t vote for you. Make the rest of the league pay for dissin u!

FunkyBobbyJ

January 29th, 2010
4:16 pm

It’s not a matter if JS or Big Al deserve it more, it matters how they compare against the other players at their positions. Al is the 2nd best center in the East right now, period. I love JS too, but there is a good case for the other forwards in the East being chosen over him. That said, how cool would it have been for our Hawks to have 3 players on the All Star Team – glad we have 2.

jerrywest

January 29th, 2010
4:17 pm

Smoove has handled it perfectly. I think the snub has made him the talk of the basketball world. I am sure he is overwhelmed by the love he is getting.

hawks_4_life

January 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

Hawks keep your eyes on the prize, team over self, you guys rock.

HAKW in Cali

January 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

hey old school, why don’t you go play in the middle of the highway, HATER. we don’t need cynical fans in this camp playa.

HAWK in Cali

January 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

damn, this Cali air is affecting my spelling.

hoho

January 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

Josh certainly sounds like he’s grown, and I never tire of hearing JJ or watching him play. We gotta keep this man in a Hawks uniform.

Let your haters....

January 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

FunkyBobbyJ Al aint no allstar because he cant play defense. He cant protect the post, neither can he create his own shot. I dont want to hear that garbage about how many rebounds he gets and Lopez is much better than horford.

Horford is only an average player.

Let your haters....

January 29th, 2010
5:29 pm

having said that I wish him luck.

vava74

January 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

Let’s hope that Smoove can show everyone tonight why he should have been selected.

We match up reasonably well against the celts, but the prospect of us sweeping them seems too much pressure to me.

We are on Def Con 4 in our ‘egg laying alert’ since whenever we have a “statement game” we usually falter. A sign of immaturity.

mejdee

January 29th, 2010
6:23 pm

haha josh smith does not make it but derrick rose does, that is embarrasing

JOE GET THE HELL'ON JOHNSON!

January 29th, 2010
6:29 pm

STOP BEING RAHEED WALLACE JR AND YOU WILL MAKE THE ALL-STAR TEAM! PLUS UP YOUR POINTS 5 A GAME!

JOE GET THE HELL'ON JOHNSON!

January 29th, 2010
6:31 pm

THATS RASHEED WALLACE JR

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

January 30th, 2010
1:55 am

lovin’ the insider info MC. He was snubbed but like Smoove said – Gerald Wallace deserves it too this year.

Hawks fan from Mongolia but lives in Ireland

January 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Josh Smith is the man, Go Hawks!

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Dan

January 30th, 2010
6:01 pm

3 Reasons why Josh Smith is not an All-Star:

1- He got rid of his 3-point shots, but he still tries that “just inside the three-point line jumpshot”, which he can’t make consistently. I think that everybody in the league knows that, but Josh, himself.

2- He is a constant whiner about not getting fouls called. Does it really matter? I mean he’s going to miss at least half of the foul shots. Which brings me to #3.

3- He has to improve his foul shooting.

Josh is a gifted athelete that can become great player in this league, if he works on improving on his weaknesses and stop being so stubborn. That coast to coast sh@# has to stop.